Senior Optical-Mechanical Engineer

Job Description

Headwall Photonics is a leader in the design and manufacture of spectrographs, and spectral imaging systems utilizing diffraction gratings.

We are looking for a professional with strong analytical design and project management skills and proven product expertise that will thrive in a small business environment. This position requires collaboration with other engineers, optical scientists, sales and operations personnel to develop designs of optical systems for new spectrometer and imaging solutions.  The Senior Design Engineer must be a team member as well as function as lead engineer to conceptualize, design and validate new products which can manufactured profitably and on schedule. This person must be flexible and capable of working multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.

The Design Engineer will provide technical guidance and feasibility assessments to customers, will understand product usage and assist in the development of technical proposals based on application requirements, and also work closely with manufacturing and R&D to identify and prioritize product and technology roadmaps. 

This position will be located at Headwall' Bolton, Massachusetts facility.

Required Skills and Education:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • BS degree (or higher) in Mechanical Engineering

  • Minimum 10 years of practical experience in designing optical or electro-optics systems

  • Knowledge of detector technology, opto-mechanics, kinematic mounting, and electronics

  • Experience is generating product and system requirements documents and developing validation plans is beneficial.

  • Proven proficiency with SolidWorks 3D-CAD tools, and knowledge of drafting standards.

The candidate must be self-motivated and self-directed with the ability to mentor peers in a team environment. This position requires regular interaction with customers, a desire to foster strong long-term partnerships is required. Travel is less than 20%.

U.S. Citizens and those authorized to work in the U.S. are encouraged to apply. At this time, we are unable to sponsor.

Agency Statement: No agencies please.


As a Massachusetts, high technology manufacturer, Bolton & Fitchburg-based Headwall Photonics is a world leader in the design and manufacture of optical instrumentation for remote sensing applications, industrial process monitoring & control, life sciences/biotechnology, and military & defense applications. Headwall's hyperspectral imagers, Raman spectrometers, and spectral instruments have been selected by OEM and end-user customers around the world for use in critical application environments. Website: